A Different Valentine or Various (Per)versions of Love
February 14 - 20, 2011
As part of the online film display about various (per)versions of love, we present 10 films for free stream. One of the most successful Danish films from the past years, Mechanical Love, deals with the strong emotional bond between people and robots. Blind Loves by Juraj Lehotský is a fragile parable about most intimate emotions and feelings of blind people; the film was awarded at the Cannes film festival. By means of amateur family films, the powerful story of Josef and Marie is told on the backdrop of turbulent historical events in Czechoslovakia in the film With Kisses from Your Love, a part of the successful cycle Private Century by Jan Šikl. Perverted forms of love between people and their pets are captured in the provocative and brutal stage-managed documentary Animal Love by Ulrich Seidl. And many more...
The special selection by DocAllianceFilms.com includes Mechanical Love (dir. Phie Ambo, Denmark); Animal Love (dir. Ulrich Seidl, Austria); Momma Don't Allow (dir. Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson, UK); Portrait of a Wedding Day (Detail) (dir. Alix Didrich, France), and the following 6 docs from Eastern Europe:
Slepé lásky , Slovak Republic, 2008, 77 min, 35 mm, Creative, Health, Human Rights, IDF Video Library
It is very often difficult for us, those who can see, to find our true fulfillment and happiness in the world. The more complicated, but maybe the more interesting this journey might be for the blind. Their perspective of the world is much more essential and sincere in many ways, and it often uncovers the invisible dimensions of the world. This film is about love amongst the blind and about the different forms it can take.
Soukromé století - Líbám Tě a miluji , Czech Republic, 2007, 52 min, Beta, Archive , Arts and Culture, Docu Series, IDF Video Library, Portrait
With Kisses from Your Love. History is a mosaic of unrepeatable human destinies. Another part of the series Private Century deals with 1940s and 1950s. This film is based on the private film archives of the Šlechtl family. Marie and Josef met at the grammar school in Tabor. Josef was the son of renowned Tabor photographer Šlechtl and Marie got to know the environment of their family studio. Photography and film soon became part of her life...
Láska shora , Czech Republic, 2002, 98 min, IDF Video Library
This portrait of two young people, Prokop and Magdalena, is the playful tale of their pilgrimage to a solar eclipse in which they go through unexpected adventures. The film si also a poetic contemplation of the communication between people.
59/184/84 , Czech Republic, 2009, 25 min, 16 mm, HD, Creative, Society, Youth Documentary
"59/184/84" is a film dating ad of a permanently unhappy man waiting for life to start. Living an empty life of a loner, he nurtures the idea that something must happen; that destiny must grant him an ideal wife fulfilling all his requirements on the basis of the biological right for love. His ever-present thoughts of suicide are temporarily driven away by replies to his new text on the dating website: "Hello, I am a single slim man with a university degree and 184 cm of height between 50 and biological death and I want to get married and have children of my own. Looking forward to your reply. Best regards, Jiří."
Rendez-Vous , Poland, 2006, 8 min, DV, DVD, Youth Documentary
Two people on a date in a restaurant - a quite regular occasion, but for them - a very special moment.
Ničeho nelituji , Czech Republic, 2003, 83 min, 35 mm, IDF Video Library, Society
The film consists of two independent stories, each showing seemingly commonplace family relationships that everyone can relate to. The situations that are played out against this familiar background are very uncommon, tragic and funny, leaving the viewer completely stunned.
To stream the films, go to DocAllianceFilms.com.